The beginning was absolutely the worst because to the hard-line owners of that day unionism was treason, there’s no other way to describe it. … For very wealthy people who owned franchises, baseball was a respite of the tensions and problems elsewhere; here you could control everything: no unions, a reserve clause that made the players prisoners, no grievance procedure, no salary arbitration, no nothing.
Marvin Miller, the economist and labor leader who turned the Major League Players Association into one of the most effective labor unions in the country, in an interview with Chris Hayes from his book, Twilight of the Elites. Miller died Tuesday at the age of 95. (via upwithchris)